Despite the significance of Agassiz’s scientific accomplishments, his heavy historical baggage cannot be lightly discarded or ignored.
Unlike Darwin, Owen believed that evolution was guided by teleology or purpose, and he saw humans as different from animals not only in degree but in kind.
Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.
“There can’t be any question about what they meant. Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”
I didn’t intend to “savage” Derbyshire. I wanted to encourage him in his writing.